Tips for Using Invisalign®
A crooked smile and gaps between teeth are common oral health conditions that have a number of adverse side effects. Not only do many patients wish to avoid the appearance, when left untreated it could also lead to medical issues for one’s jaw, gums, and the integrity of their teeth. This is why so many patients have turned to Invisalign to straighten their teeth and once again smile with confidence. For those who have recently gotten their trays or are interested in this process, here are some simple Invisalign tips and advice that will make the coming months as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Plan Ahead for Oral Hygiene and Spare Trays
While Invisalign aligners are a very convenient way to deal with malocclusion, they are also going to take a little extra planning throughout the day. This begins with always having a spare set of hygiene products in a purse, the car, the office, or anywhere else where a patient is going to spend an extended period of time. This will remove any temptations to forgo brushing and flossing and having an extra set of trays around is a great idea for any emergencies that may come up.
What to Do About Meals
Meals should typically be the only time the trays are out of your mouth. This means that a number of problems can crop up such as debris hardening on the trays or forgetting to put them back in. When at home, a simple solution is to place the trays in a bowl of water and set a timer on one’s phone or watch set to go off just after eating. This will go a long way towards keeping the trays in for that 22 hour a day mark as well as making them as comfortable as possible when putting them back in.
How to Switch Trays Properly
The most discomfort experienced during this process will come from changing over to a new set of trays every week or so. The easiest way to avoid most of the discomfort comes down to three simple steps. First, patients should wait until just before they go to bed to put in their new pair. It is also a good idea to take over-the-counter painkillers to prevent any pain that will wake the patient up. The final trick is to run the trays under warm water for a few moments before placing them in the mouth to loosen them up slightly.
What to do After the Last Set of Trays
After the last tray is nearing completion, it is almost time for patients to sit back and enjoy their new world-class smile. This is also a great time to consider a few other treatments such as a teeth whitening sessions to really make one’s smile shine. If you are currently struggling with a crooked smile or know someone who is, contact Beecroft Orthodontics today to speak with our Invisalign provider in Fredericksburg and discover just how easy this treatment can be.
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